Today, October 25, is St. Crispin’s Day. Perhaps St Crispin’s Day is best known for the “Band of Brothers” speech in Shakespeare’s Henry V, which celebrates one of the greatest military victories in history, by the English over the French at the Battle of Agincourt, October 25, 1415:
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.
Give the political correctness and cultural suicide that has beset England of late, one wonders how many Englishmen today would honor those who defeated France that glorious day almost 600 years ago?
Not that cultural suicide and political correctness are reserved for our English cousins. Do we not have a president who is ashamed of one of his country’s greatest victories of the past century? To wit, the fall of the Berlin Wall, marking our triumph over the Soviet Union. Obama would rather berate us when he panders to foreign crowds. He gives them what they may think they want to hear, while pretending that he is not an American, but some citizen of the world, a man with no borders.
And no honor.